Though our main intake occurs during September/October, typically following the Sports Fayre, we welcome new members at any point during the year.
Listed below are the membership fees for joining our club this academic year (2012/2013):
BSAC membership - £27 per year - (student rate; click here for non-student prices)
Annual club fee - £50 - covers air fills, as well as maintenance of club equipment
Membership to the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) is compulsory, as this provides you with third-party liability insurance whilst diving.
In addition, all members are required to purchase a 'Sporty Card' from the Athletics Union, preferably BEFORE signing up at the Fresher's Fayre. These cost £37 and insure whilst using the university pool and all club-owned equipment. Non-student members are required to produce their own insurance policy (covering SCUBA diving down to a minimum of 18m).
All new (and returning) members are also required to complete a medical declaration.
Club fees are waived for fully-qualified BSAC Open Water Instructors (and Advanced Instructors).
As a BSAC branch we run Ocean Diver, Sports Diver and Dive Leader courses throughout the year.
The Ocean Diver qualification is the course we run for members who are new to diving. It involves seven theory lectures, a theory test, five sheltered water skill sessions and five open water skill sessions. This typically takes a semester to complete the theory and sheltered water sessions, then two weekend trips in the spring semester to complete the open water sessions.
For those divers who already hold an Ocean Diver qualification (or an equivalent qualification from another agency) it is possible to start the Sports Diver qualification. This requires attendance of six theory lectures, a theory test, a sheltered water rescue still session and five open water training dives. A successful Sports Diver will complete 20 or more open water dives in a variety of situations (e.g. night, drift, shore etc..).
Diver Leaders will have to complete a series of lectures and open water dives in a variety of situations and to take charge of a dive trip as dive manager.
With all of these qualifications on offer, the best way to progress to your next qualification and become more active within the club is simply to go diving.